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Keeping the kids entertained during the summer school holidays doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Check out our list of free activities for children of all ages in and around Melbourne.


The Playground Pop-Up at Fed Square

The Playground is decked out with everything the little ones love - yard games, a ball pit, sweet treats, ice cream and loads more. Let the kiddoes go wild in the games area while the parents sit back in the lounge with a meal and a wine.

When: 1 December - 13 January, 11am-8pm daily (until 10pm Saturdays)
Where: Federation Square, cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets
Who: All ages
Do I need to book? No
Find out more: 
https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Whatson/FortheKids/Festivals/Pages/2c5da710-357d-4120-80cc-ebcc77bd1393.aspx


NGV Australia Kids Summer Festival

Inspired by the power of imagination, this year's festival focuses on the theme of 'Make Believe'. Come along with your family, friends, parents, grandparents, for free hands-on activities and workshops.

When: 5-13 Jan, 10am-1pm daily
Where: Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square Cnr Russell and Flinders streets, Melbourne
Who: All ages
Do I need to book? No
Find out more: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/event_series/kids-summer-festival/


Artplay Backyard

These school holidays we’ll have all sorts of materials on hand for you to create your artwork with a different theme each week.

When: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9 - 27 January, 10am-12pm
Where: ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square, Melbourne
Who: All ages. Each child must be accompanied by an adult
Do I need to book? No
Find out more:
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arts-and-culture/artplay/whats-on/Pages/artplay-backyard.aspx


Film Screenings at the State Library

Dress up as your favourite character and enjoy a free classic movie screening: The Wizard of Oz on Wed 16 Jan or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Thu 24 Jan. 

When: Wednesday 16 January, 2pm-4.30pm; Thursday 24 January, 2pm-4pm
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, via La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Who: Recommended for ages 8-12. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the Library
Do I need to book? Yes
Find out more: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on


Challenge Corner at Southbank Library

Challenge yourself and your friends at Southbank Library's games day, with timed challenges and relays as well as some great all-in games!

When: Monday 21 January, 10.30am-12.30pm
Where: Southbank Library at Boyd, Ground 207 City Road, Southbank
Who: Ages seven years and older
Do I need to book? Yes
Find out more:
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/school-holiday-program/pages/challenge-corner-southbank.aspx


It's Dangerous to Go Alone, Take This!

When going on an adventure, it pays to be prepared! Come to the Library at The Dock and equip yourself with some adventure-themed craft.

When: Monday 21 January, 10.30am-11.30am
Where: Library at The Dock, 107-117 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
Who: Ages seven years and older
Do I need to book? Yes
Find out more:
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/school-holiday-program/pages/dangerous-to-go-alone-latd.aspx


Giant Bubble Show

Don't just see the bubbles - be the bubbles! This amazing show has to be seen to be believed.

When: Monday 21 January, 10.30am-11.30am
Where: City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Who: Ages five years and older
Do I need to book? Yes
Find out more:
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/school-holiday-program/pages/giant-bubbles-city.aspx


Choose Your Own Adventure at Kathleen Syme Library

Join George Ivanoff, author of the You Choose series as he teaches you how to create your own 'choose your own adventure' style story.

When: Tuesday 22 January, 11am-noon
Where: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street Carlton
Who: Ages 8-12
Do I need to book? Yes
Find out more:
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/school-holiday-program/pages/choose%20your%20own%20adventure-ksl.aspx


Box Monsters and North Melbourne Library

Bored with cardboard? Turn a regular box in to a fantastic beast.

When: Thursday 24 January, 2pm-4pm
Where: North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Who: Five years and older
Do I need to book? Yes
Find out more:
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/school-holiday-program/pages/box-monsters-nmel.aspx


Choose Your Own Scavenger Hunt at The Dock

Choose your path, explore the library, collect the clues, and maybe there will be treasure at the end of your hunt! 

When: Friday 25 January, 10.30am-noon
Where: Library at The Dock, 107-117 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
Who: Children of all ages
Do I need to book? No.
Find out more: 
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/school-holiday-program/pages/scavenger-hunt-latd.aspx

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